Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Stop Rosemont mobilization action: Thursday, August 1st

The Rosemont mine would be built above the Cienaga Creek that feeds into Tucson's aquifer 

UPDATE: August 1, 2019

 Federal judge bars Rosemont Mine construction
Tony Davis Arizona Daily Star

Stop Rosemont mobilization action and CELEBRATION!
Today, Thursday, August 1, at 5 PM – 7 PM

300 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ

Come celebrate and show Hudvay we are on top of this should they decide to appeal. 

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U.S. District Judge James Soto heard oral arguments Tuesday on several cases related to the Rosemont Copper Mine, including a request by mine opponents for a preliminary injunction to halt construction until all other court cases challenging the mine are decided.

The main disagreement at the preliminary injunction hearing was whether the Army Corps of Engineers has the responsibility and authority to regulate downstream secondary and cumulative impacts from dredge and fill operations on the mine site.

Attorneys for tribes and environmental groups who oppose the mine argued that the agency has that authority. They argue that when the Army Corps of Engineers granted the mine's 404 permit under the Clean Water Act, it didn’t adequately analyze related impacts, including dewatering and polluting nearby water sources.

The attorney for the Army Corps of Engineers disputes that claim and says the Forest Service is the main regulatory agency for the mining project, and pointed to proposed mitigation for those impacts on Sonoita Creek.

Opponents also criticized Rosemont and the Army Corps of Engineers for insufficient public notice and financial guarantees on the mine project.

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition and the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter have filed suit against the Army Corps of Engineers over that 404 permit. In April, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to back the lawsuit.

The Tohono O'odham, Pascua Yaqui and Hopi tribes oppose the project over concerns it would damage ancestral homelands, and have filed a lawsuit challenging the Forest Service decision to approve the final environmental impact statement for the mine.

The judge took all cases under advisement. He will make a decision on the injunction by Aug. 1.

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Urge governments that own the EIB to stop funding fossil fuels


Oil Change International has been pushing the European Investment Bank (EIB) to end its fossil fuel finance for years. Now we’ve got big news! Thanks to activists' emails and actions, the EIB announced a draft policy last Friday that would phase out all fossil fuel finance by the end of 2020!

The draft policy states that the Bank will phase out support to energy projects reliant on fossil fuels, including production, infrastructure, and power generation or heat based on fossil fuels. Additionally, the policy will apply to both direct and indirect investments – a huge step in aligning its entire energy portfolio with the Paris Agreement, and a big step forward that builds on the momentum of the World Bank’s 2017 commitment to end direct financing for upstream oil and gas.

But the fight isn’t over: This ambitious policy still needs to be approved by the member state representatives who make up the EIB’s Board of Directors, and we can’t let them water it down. We’ve come this far and now we just need to take this ambitious policy across the finish line.

This draft policy represents a tremendous shift. Between 2013 and 2018, the EIB – the world’s largest multilateral lender – averaged almost €2.5 billion per year in finance for oil, gas, and coal. In response, supporters like you sent hundreds of thousands of messages to EIB Directors, Governors, and Management Committee members, urging the Bank to ensure that its new energy lending policy criteria exclude financing of fossil fuels. And it worked!

Now we need your help again to urge the governments behind the EIB to take up this proposal and end the Bank’s handouts to the fossil fuel industry. Tell the EIB Board of Directors to step up their climate ambition and pass this world-leading policy that would stop funding fossils.

We will not stop until our governments do all that is required to fight the climate crisis at the scale that it deserves – including ending all forms of government support for fossil fuels and implementing a just transition away from coal, oil, and gas.

- Alex Doukas, Stop Funding Fossils Lead Analyst Oil Change International

More Information:

European Investment Bank Will Stop Funding Fossil Fuel Projects by the End of 2020 - EcoWatch, Jul. 29, 2019 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Urge Congress to provide workers with organizing protections: Pass the PRO Act

Working people deserve to be able to organize themselves to demand living wages and healthy working conditions. In a time when the richest Americans' wealth growth has increased by over 200% while wages remain stagnant for the rest of us, we need our lawmakers to protect workers’ rights.(1)
Currently, there’s no financial penalty for employers who illegally fire workers who are trying to unionize.(2) In response, Rep. Bobby Scott and Senator Patty Murray introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in Congress to protect millions of working people across the country.

This important pro-worker legislation is facing an uphill battle in Congress, and we and our partners need your help to get it passed.


The PRO Act would enact the strongest workers’ rights laws since Congress gave U.S. workers the right to unionize in 1935. That’s why big corporations are lobbying to defeat this crucial bill, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Policy Director called it “the single biggest threat” to the interests of the largest corporations, even though it simply provides the most basic of protections for workers.(3)

The PRO Act would:
  • Penalize employers that interfere with their employees’ organizing efforts,
  • Clarify that employers cannot interfere with employee unionization voting procedures,
  • Allow workers to sue their employers for violating right to organize laws, and
  • Prevent employers from firing employees who go on strike.
Corporations are fighting tooth-and-nail to stop this bill because they know that if working Americans unite, corporations would start being held accountable for their abuses. It’s going to take immense people power to get the PRO Act passed, but if enough of us stand up we can prove that the people are watching and will ensure that our voices are heard and our rights affirmed. Join us in the fight to protect workers’ rights and stand up to big corporations.


- The Courage Campaign team)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Stop Trump's attack on Native lands. No drilling in Chaco Canyon

The petition to the Bureau of Land Management reads:
"Protect one of our nation's most significant cultural and historical Native sites. Stop fracking across the Greater Chaco Landscape."
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The Bureau of Land Management is putting up for lease pristine areas in the Greater Chaco Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancestral home for the Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo people, threatening ancient tribal sites, posing a significant health and safety risk to communities in the area, and exacerbating the climate crisis.The Trump regime is conspiring once again with the oil and gas industry to destroy our public lands, and if we don't act now, one of our nation's most significant cultural and historical Native sites could be erased.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, who oversees the BLM, is a former oil and gas lobbyist, so it's no surprise that he and others in Trump's pro-fossil fuel administration are quickly pushing the sale of new fracking leases and more fracking wells. We must speak out now to prevent more industrialized fracking from moving forward.
The areas in Greater Chaco Landscape contain the threatened ruins of Chaco Canyon – what some have referred to "as close as the U.S. gets to Egypt’s pyramids and Peru’s Machu Picchu" — as well as "the remnants of great houses, kivas, ancient roads and sacred places built a millennium ago by an indigenous people who became proficient in architecture, agriculture, astronomy and the arts."1,2 Today, the Diné or Navajo people, rely on the Chaco Landscape to sustain their livelihoods and traditional practices and modern New Mexican Pueblos, the descendants of Chaco culture, still consider these sites sacred.3
More than 91% of the area around Chaco Canyon has already been leased to the oil and gas industry, yet Sec. Bernhardt and his Big Oil cronies are eager to wipe out the last remaining protected sacred areas with dangerous drilling and fracking techniques. The democratically-led House of Representatives recently passed an amendment to a spending bill that included a one-year moratorium on drilling in the area, yet it's unclear whether the Republican-controlled Senate will include the provision in their version, and BLM continues to approve more fracking in the area.4 That's why pressure on the BLM is so important right now.
Activism to stop drilling in the Greater Chaco Landscape works.5 Thanks to local leaders fighting on the ground in New Mexico in 2018 and the more than 178,000 CREDO members who took action, then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke canceled a proposed oil and gas lease sale in Chaco Canyon. Now we must speak out again to stop rampant fracking once and for all. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Josh Nelson, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Elizabeth Miller, "'As close as the US gets to Egypt’s pyramids': how Chaco Canyon is endangered by drilling," The Guardian, Nov. 8, 2017.
  2. Richard Moe, "The Treasures of Chaco Canyon Are Threatened by Drilling," The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2017.
  3. Sen. Tom Udall, "Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Secretary Zinke to Defer All Leases on Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park," Sept. 6, 2017.
  4. Hannah Grover, "An appropriations bill includes a one-year moratorium on leases near Chaco," Farmington Daily Times, June 26, 2019.
  5. Stephanie Lavallato, "Victory: Chaco Canyon saved from fossil fuel drilling," CREDO Mobile, March 7, 2018.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Congress pass the "For the 99.8 Percent Act" to tax ultra-wealthy

Petition to Congress:
"Tax the ultra-wealthy few by passing the For the 99.8 Percent Act."
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Over the last decade, Republicans exempted more and more millionaires from the estate tax. A married couple can now keep $22 million from being taxed. Fewer than 2,000 families are now subject to the tax, and thousands of super-rich families are dodging millions in taxes.The Trump Tax Scam was a Wall Street handout on steroids. On top of handing freebies to multinational corporations, it gave millions in tax cuts to the richest of the rich by cutting the estate tax.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is teaming up with Rep. Jimmy Gomez to undo the damage and force America's ultra-wealthy to pay their fair share, and they need our help.
Just three white men ‒ Jeff Bezos of Amazon, investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft's Bill Gates ‒ own as much wealth as the whole bottom half of America. An astonishing $2.9 trillion is in the hands of just 400 people. The top 1%, meanwhile, control 40% of the wealth in our country.2,3  This unequal wealth hoarding starves public services and kills job creation, leaving America sicker, less educated and less prosperous. The estate tax was meant to prevent this kind of wealth from being passed down from generation to generation and stop the creation of a new oligarchy.
The For the 99.8 Percent Act would fight massive inequality and inherited wealth by:4
  • Raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy few, starting with estates worth more than $3.5 million and rising to a 77% tax on inherited wealth over $1 billion.
  • Closing the loopholes that allow many ultra-wealthy families to dodge inheritance taxes altogether.
  • Defying Republican attacks on the estate tax by exempting family farms, most of which are worth less than $1 million, and taxing wealth that rich families gathered through other tax loopholes for the first time.
Senate Republicans are now proposing to eliminate the estate tax completely in yet another giveaway to their wealthy donors. We need to show how many people are determined to resist and willing to fight for a progressive alternative.
Tell Congress: Tax the ultra-wealthy. Raise the estate tax. Click below to sign the petition:
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Matthew Yglesias, "Bernie Sanders’s new plan to supercharge the estate tax, explained," Vox, Jan. 31, 2019.
  2. Avery Anapol, "Study: Wealthiest 1 percent owns 40 percent of country’s wealth," The Hill, Dec. 6, 2017.
  3. Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, "Billionaire Bonanza 2018: Inherited Wealth Dynasties of the United States," Institute for Policy Studies, October 2018.
  4. Yglesias, "Bernie Sanders’s new plan to supercharge the estate tax, explained."

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Join Student Activists in Urging Harvard: Divest from fossil fuels

The petition to Harvard University reads:
"Divest from fossil fuels."
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Harvard University is one of many Ivy League schools invested in fossil fuels despite publicly claiming that its top priority is fighting climate change.1 Harvard in particular prides itself on being a leader in climate research and policy. Harvard students and faculty have even taken on Amazon and many are leading the fight for environmental justice.Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our communities. Yet, there are still institutions choosing fossil fuels over our lives even when their own research points to the progression of the climate crisis.
Yet, Harvard University continues to profit from the devastation of our environment. At nearly $40 billion (and growing), Harvard's endowment is one of the largest in the world.It's time for the university to make its commitment to climate justice real for the sake of not only their students, but also communities everywhere. If enough of us raise our voice and sound the alarm, we can push Harvard to stop investing in the climate crisis.
Harvard says "universities have an accountability to the future" and "a special role and a special responsibility in confronting the challenges of climate change and sustainability."3. But the truth is that Harvard is failing to live up to its own standards.
The good news is: People are fighting back. In efforts to hold the school accountable to its claims, students, alumni and other activists are campaigning for the university to divest from fossil fuels. And thanks to climate justice movement leaders, divestment has become one of the best tactics in the fight against climate change.
Harvard claims that it can change the industry for the better by investing in companies that heat up the planet.4 We know that’s not true. The only way to change corporate behavior, which relies on capitalism, is to stop putting money into every business model that does harm. Many U.S. colleges and universities have already divested from fossil fuels. Harvard has no excuse.
The climate crisis is not only a matter of protecting the environment, but a matter of protecting human rights. No institution claiming to prepare students for the future should be involved in tearing it apart.
Tell Harvard: Now is the time to divest from fossil fuels. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Jelani Drew, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Steven Mufson, "Harvard says fighting climate change is a top priority. But it still won’t divest from fossil fuels." Washington Post, July 7, 2019.
  2. Farran Powell, "10 Universities With the Biggest Endowments," U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 16, 2018.
  3. Harvard University Sustainability, accessed July 16, 2019.
  4. Umair Irfan, "The world’s richest institutions invest in fossil fuels. Activists are changing that." Vox, May 15, 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Urge Congress To Declare A Climate Emergency


Last week, Congress members Earl Blumenauer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders introduced a bill (H.Con.Res.52) that would declare a climate emergency in the United States, and call for a national mobilization to address the climate crisis.

The resolution lays out some of the most important evidence that climate change has become a crisis, and must be solved “at a massive scale to halt, reverse, mitigate, and prepare for the consequences of the climate emergency and to restore the climate for future generations.”

One of the most effective ways to lobby your members of Congress is by calling. You can say something like this:

“Hello, I’m a voter from [YOUR TOWN]. I’m calling to urge [ELECTED OFFICIAL’S NAME] to support the resolution declaring a climate emergency.”

You can also send a message using the tool below from The Climate Mobilization.

(NOTE: if you don't want to be put on another e-mail list, unclick "share my information with other organizations partnering on this campaign.")

Climate Emergency Declaration Introduced Read our fact sheet here

Tell Rep. Kirkpatrick: We need climate action now! Extend tax credits needed to expand our clean energy technology revolution


There's one big way Congress can help speed up action on clean energy and climate change:

Tax credits!

By extending or modifying critical tax credits for clean energy and energy efficiency investments, the federal government can provide billions of dollars in tax incentives that will help solve the climate crisis.

Here's the problem: Many of these tax credits are outdated, expired, or set to expire soon, including in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency.

Without extensions and modifications to tax credits in these areas, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe.

Tell Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick: We need climate action now! Extend smart and vital tax credits needed to expand our clean energy technology revolution.

Clean energy solutions are good for our environment and our economy, creating jobs and reducing energy costs for consumers.

Moreover, we know these credits work. Wind and solar already have received tax incentives that have proved incredibly successful at increasing the amount of renewable energy on the grid.

The House of Representatives tax committee just passed legislation to extend a host of other tax credits, but that bill did not update or extend the important credits we need for electric vehicles, offshore wind, and energy storage. It also included outdated energy efficiency tax credits for commercial buildings and new homes that must be modified to be effective.

In order to succeed in including these credits, we need as many people as possible to urge their representatives to do their part to fund them. Can you help?

Tell your representative that clean energy innovation is needed now — and that you're counting on her to do her part to make sure these crucial climate goals are met.

Earlier this year, the House passed the "Climate Action Now Act," showing that addressing climate change is at the top of their priority list. And extending these critical tax credits is another way the House can demonstrate its commitment to action on climate change.

Given the urgency and scale of transformation needed to address climate change and rapidly decarbonize our economy, one of Congress's top priorities must be to provide tax credits that make the greatest impact toward meeting our nation's climate change goals and commitments. Please make your voice heard at your representative's office now.

- Kevin S. Curtis, NRDC Action Fund

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tell Congress: Stand up for workers' rights. Protect unions. Pass the PRO Act


Petition to Congress:
"Raise wages and fight inequality by supporting organized labor. Pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act."
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Wall Street and Republicans have colluded to sabotage unions, leaving workers with less power to bargain and dragging down wages for all workers, union or not. Race-to-the-bottom "right to work" laws are just the latest ploy. We have a chance to turn back the decades-long assault on organized labor and support the biggest change to labor laws since unions were legalized in 1935.1
Democrats in the House of Representatives recently introduced sweeping legislation to block corporate anti-union state laws and give workers more power to raise wages and benefits.
If people can quit a bad job to get more pay and better benefits at a union worksite, companies face pressure to raise wages for everyone. Corporations know this, and target unions directly. The weaker unions are, the lower wages are for everyone – one study found that wages for all workers were 16 percent lower in so-called “right to work” states.2
So-called “Right to work” laws are designed to give more power to corporate bosses by allowing some people to take advantage of union bargaining without supporting the union. They hurt every single person who works for a living, hourly or salaried, union or non-union, in so-called “right to work” states or states that value working people.
Massive international corporations play one state off against another, seeking ever-more extreme anti-union laws. Instead of competing to make sure everyone can find a good-paying job to support a family, state governments rush to bow down before mega corporations and beg for their favor. It’s a race to the bottom, and only one national standard will put an end to it.
That's where the PRO Act comes in. It would block right-to-work laws, restrict the dirty tricks employers use to block unions and give workers new powers ‒ including the power to sue instead of working through slower bureaucratic channels.3 It's a sweeping bill to unrig the economy ‒ and with unions growing more and more popular and strikes sweeping the nation, it's time to force representatives to go on the record in support.
Tell Congress: Stand up for workers' rights. Pass the PRO Act. Click below to sign the petition:
- Josh Nelson, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Alexia Fernandez Campbell, "Democrats have an ambitious plan to save American labor unions," Vox, May 14, 2019.
  2. Eric McAdams, “Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill to Ban So-Called ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws,” Paste Magazine, Sept. 20, 2017.
  3. Fernandez Campbell, "Democrats have an ambitious plan to save American labor unions."

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tell your Reps: Crack down on the revolving door between Pentagon and military contractors


Petition to the House of Representatives:
"Crack down on the revolving door between the Pentagon and major military contractors. Support amendments 208, 226, 394, 555 and 556 to the National Defense Authorization Act."
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An investigation by our friends at the Project On Government Oversight found more than 600 instances in which the top 20 Pentagon contractors hired former top military officers, senior government officials or members of Congress.1 For massive corporate military contractors, hiring former senior officials to lobby their colleagues for more billion-dollar contracts is just part of the game. For the rest of us, it sounds a lot like corruption.Thanks to arcane Pentagon accounting rules and outright obstruction, we may never know the cost of waste at the Department of Defense (DOD). But we also should be asking: How much does a general cost?
House Democrats are pushing to add new ethics rules to the National Defense Authorization Act, the mega-bill that sets Pentagon funding levels. A vote is expected any day now, so they need our help now.
The Senate blocked the Democratic House of Representatives' signature ethics package, but now we have another chance. If Democratic representatives succeed in amending the NDAA, these new Pentagon ethics rules would almost certainly become law.
Military spending sucks up more than half of the federal budget ‒ even before you add in the blank-check war slush fund for ongoing overseas military actions or the unknown dark budget for covert programs. For decades, progressives fought for a Pentagon audit. When it happened, the auditors discovered so much opposition and accounting malpractice that they could not tell whether the DOD passed or failed.2
Ethics abuses and outright corruption fuel much of the outrageous spending. Senior officers, members of Congress and aides all jump to massive corporate weapons suppliers and then pitch their old friends to keep the dollars flowing. Junior officers are scared to blow the whistle and risk losing out on a future lucrative job of their own.
House Democrats are pushing for new rules that close major loopholes on the revolving door between the Pentagon and corporate contractors, force companies to report more lobbying contacts, expose a lobbyist database to public scrutiny, and impose new restrictions on working for foreign governments. Every ethics push like this puts a spotlight on the corruption riddling the Pentagon, so we need to speak out.
Right-wing politicians and Fox News breathlessly trumpet every small school funding mishap or health care conflict-of-interest, all while some of the most profitable companies in history rely on government contracts won by hiring former high-ranking officials. The NDAA is a $750 billion disaster that members of Congress should oppose outright, especially at a time when teachers are going on strike and too many rank-and-file service members live below the poverty line.3
At the very least, Congress should add new ethics rules to that massive authorization for spending. The revolving door between the Pentagon and the big corporate military contractors has to end.
Tell Congress: Crack down on Pentagon corruption. Click below to sign the petition:
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Mandy Smithberger, "Brass Parachutes: The Problem of the Pentagon Revolving Door," Project On Government Oversight, November 2018.
  2. Dave Lindorff, "Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed," The Nation, Nov. 27, 2018.
  3. Huzaifa Shahbaz, "$750 Billion NDAA Steamrolls Ahead," National Priorities Project, June 28, 2019.

Urge Rep. Kirkpatrick to back Khanna-Schiff amendment to defund Yemen War


Urge Rep. Kirkpatrick to back the Khanna-Schiff amendment to defund the Yemen War.
Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
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We won in Congress, but Donald Trump chose allegiance to the Saudis over the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and vetoed the Sanders-Lee Yemen War Powers Resolution.Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of CREDO members, along with allies from across the country, took action to stop our government's complicity with the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
This week, we have another chance to try override Trump. The House of Representatives can include a ban on funding the Yemen War as part of the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act. Can you make a call today to Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick to ask her to lead? Click here to get started with your call.
Since the start of the war in 2015, the United States has provided the Saudis with weapons and logistical and intelligence support. We have helped refuel coalition jets as they dropped bombs on Yemeni civilians under the guise of confronting Iran, which has limited ties to Yemen's Houthi rebels. Despite a bus bombing that killed 29 children and calls for greater U.S. oversight, the United States is still supporting the Yemen War – all without explicit congressional authorization.
The Khanna-Schiff amendment seeks to enforce the Yemen War Powers Resolution that Trump vetoed in three key ways:
  • It attaches it to the “must-pass,” hard-to-veto NDAA, which “funds the troops.”
  • It makes clear that stopping unauthorized participation in the war includes not giving intelligence that helps the Saudi-UAE coalition target airstrikes.
  • It prohibits providing spare parts to the war.
Lives are at stake. We must do all we can to push every member of the House of Representatives to use every avenue available to reassert Congress' constitutional authority and end our complicity in mass murder. Click the link below to get started with your call to Rep. Kirkpatrick:

https://act.credoaction.com/call/NDAA_Yemen_calls/?t=9&akid=33158%2E3130208%2E6I5z5z
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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If you would like to contact her directly...

Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 225-2542

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Phone: 520-881-3588

Monday, July 8, 2019

Tell your Reps: Support the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 - raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024


Petition to Congress
"Support the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would give more than one in four Americans a raise."
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Any day now, the House of Representatives will vote on the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would immediately bump the minimum wage and raise it to $15 by 2024.3 Preschool teachers, fast-food workers, bank tellers and working parents – millions of Americans would benefit immediately, some by as much as $3,500 a year.Corporate Democrats are siding with Trump Republicans against a raise for one in four workers, and we're running out of time.1,2
Trump Republicans are staying loyal to Wall Street and opposing the bill. But so are many corporate Democrats, who are siding with big businesses and bad bosses against their own constituents. We need to raise our voices immediately.
No one benefits more from raising the minimum wage than women and people of color forced into low-wage jobs. Forty percent of Black workers and 34% of Latinx workers would see a pay increase under this legislation. Nearly 56% who would get a raise are women.6
The Raise the Wage Act would eliminate the tipped wage so that even employees who get tips, like restaurant servers, are guaranteed a fair wage – a change studies show benefits workers. It would eliminate loopholes businesses use to underpay workers. Most importantly, it would peg the minimum wage to the median wage so the minimum wage stops slipping in value.7  If we don't fight for it, corporate Democrats will hand Trump yet another victory.
Today, the real value of the federal minimum wage is actually a few dollars lower than it was in 1968. Boosting the minimum wage would also create jobs by injecting more money into local economies. Restaurants continue to thrive even in cities that raised the minimum wage, and more than 90% of those who would benefit are adults.5
Every Trump Republican ‒ or corporate Democrat ‒ talking point on the minimum wage is a lie to disguise their alliance with predatory businesses. This is our chance to show who really fights for working people.
Tell Congress: Give millions of Americans a raise. Click below to sign the petition:
- Josh Nelson, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Cristina Marcos and Niv Ellis, "Centrist Democrats raise concerns over $15 minimum wage push," The Hill, June 14, 2019.
  2. National Employment Law Project, "Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Letter of Support," Jan. 16, 2019.
  3. Dave Jamieson, "House Democrats Propose $15 Minimum Wage With New Majority," HuffPost, Jan. 16, 2019.
  4. National Employment Law Project, "Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Letter of Support."
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Public comments: Tell HUD don't kick families out of their homes


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is considering a proposed rule change that would cut off federal housing assistance for families in which at least one member is not eligible for assistance due to their immigration status. This proposed change would force families to decide between kicking out ineligible relatives or losing out on government support. 

More than 100,000 people across the country, including an estimated 55,000 children who are legal residents and citizens, could be evicted if the HUD rule change is implemented.(1) That’s why we need you to join us in speaking up against this obvious and despicable attack against immigrants.

Leaders across the country, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and New York’s congressional delegation, oppose the proposed rule change.(2)(3)(4) Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, whose district includes some of the largest immigrant communities in California, even called the proposal “state-sponsored terrorism.”(5)

Although the proposed rule change hasn’t gone into effect just yet, many families are already fearful of the potential impacts. About one hundred families -- many with children -- currently living in the San Fernando Gardens complex in Pacoima, California are at risk of being evicted and becoming homeless should the rule change go through.(6) And that’s just one apartment complex. Thousands more families will be affected if HUD has its way. That’s why we need to make our voices heard to let HUD know that we won’t stand for this.


Deadline for Public Comments is July 9, 2019

Some points you can mention in your comment to HUD:
  • The proposed rule change would put more families at risk of eviction and homelessness, placing more strain on local housing authorities and making it even more difficult for them to serve their communities.
  • The proposed rule change would make the eviction and affordable housing crisis even worse.
  • People on waiting lists for housing assistance would not benefit from this rule change.(7)
- Courage Campaign

Footnotes:
1. https://la.curbed.com/2019/6/26/18760005/hud-mixed-family-rule-change-housing-assistance
2. https://tucson.com/news/local/hundreds-of-arizona-families-may-be-evicted-under-new-trump/article_b7db9ea1-f23c-5f13-97d6-3f3184dde335.html
3. https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2019/senators-immigration-housing-rule-worsens-homelessness/
4. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-hud-immigration-ben-carson-nydia-velazquez-trump-public-housing-20190510-5jqwygus4befxhwfgya3g6ipmu-story.html
5. https://la.curbed.com/2019/6/26/18760005/hud-mixed-family-rule-change-housing-assistance
6. https://www.dailynews.com/2019/07/02/residents-of-pacoimas-san-fernando-gardens-face-eviction-under-proposed-hud-rule/
7. https://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-hud-public-housing-immigrants-rule-hearing-congress.html

More Information:

Proposed Rule Could Evict 55000 Children From Subsidized Housing

Tell the Senate: Support the "Save the Internet Act" to restore net neutrality.

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The petition to the Senate reads:
"Support the Save the Internet Act."
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Net neutrality prevents corporations from deciding what we see or do online. It is vital to our movements for equity and civil rights in the digital age. Imagine if you weren't able to receive this very email or take action on issues you care about because your internet service provider deemed this information unworthy of being online.Just one year ago, the Trump administration gutted vital net neutrality protections.Now, Big Telecom is trying to censor us, slow down our service, and impose unfair and high fees. You can do something about this today by telling the Senate to support the Save the Internet Act and restore the free and open internet.
Every day that passes without Congress acting to reinstate net neutrality, the Internet gets more controlled by corporate interests. Democrats in the House of Representatives just fought back by passing the Save the Internet Act. Now, we need to turn up the pressure on the Senate to follow their lead.
Tell the Senate: Support the Save the Internet Act. Click here to sign the petition.
Every issue, from racial justice to climate justice, needs net neutrality.1 But net neutrality gets in the way of Big Telecom's greed, and it's lobbying hard to make sure net neutrality doesn't come back. That's why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring the Save the Internet Act up for a vote in the Senate – he wants less equality and more profits for his corporate backers.2
The majority of Americans support net neutrality, and it shows.3 We signed petitions, sent letters, called, and even showed up at our lawmakers' offices to tell them to save the internet.4 Our pressure is working. Just last year, the Senate did the right thing and voted to undo the net neutrality repeal, though their vote was blocked by the Republican-controlled House.5 This year, we pushed Democrats in the House of Representatives to recognize net neutrality as a core issue and pass the Save the Internet Act.6
If we can get the Senate to support the Save the Internet Act, we can win our free and open internet back.This won't be easy. The loss of the open internet was huge and harmful to all of our communities, but champions for civil rights never back down when facing hurdles. This current fight for net neutrality is no different. The Senate has supported net neutrality before. We must push it to support it again and keep the pressure on all members of Congress until they give us back our free and open internet.
Tell the Senate: Support the Save the Internet Act and restore net neutrality.
- Jelani Drew, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Timothy Karr, " FCC Chairman's Anti-Net Neutrality Plan Will Harm People of Color " Voices for Internet Freedom, April 26, 2017.
  2. Jordain Carney, "McConnell: Net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival' in Senate"The Hill, April 9, 2019.
  3. Emily Birnbaum, "4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll"The Hill, March 20, 2019.
  4. Emily Birnbaum, "Over 100 activist groups urge McConnell to take up net neutrality bill in the Senate" The Hill, June 10, 2019.
  5. John Hendel, "Senate Democrats score net neutrality win in bid for midterm momentum" Politico, May 16, 2018.
  6. Makena Kelley, "House approves Save the Internet Act that would reinstate net neutrality" The Verge, April 10, 2019.